Friends University has a very low crime rate, and the only types of crimes that occur are larceny/burglary, or liquor law violations. Over 2,800 students were enrolled at Friends in 2009, and about 40 larcenies/burglaries occurred that year. Campus security offers escorts to students who don’t want to walk alone, and access to buildings on campus is limited to students and employees. Friends University is located in a part of Wichita that is neither the safest or most dangerous to live in, though as a whole, Wichita has a far higher crime rate than the average city. There are a fair amount of sex offenders that live nearby the Friends campus, including one who even goes to school there. Wichita is home to many special events throughout the year, including Riverfest. Riverfest is a festival celebrating the Arkansas River with music, competitions, parades, and a food court, all to bolster to community pride. “Woofstock” is an annual dog-friendly event, where dogs are welcome as well as visitors, to watch dog competitions, vote for the best dog costumes, and more. Other events include the Craftapalooza, Sports Boat & Travel Show, Toys & Collectible Show, Renaissance Festival, Art & Book Fair, Woodcarvers Show, Handmade Craft Fair, Wagonmaster's Chili Cook-off, Tallgrass Film Festival, Asian Festival, and more.
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